Federal Government Releases Discussion Paper “Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy”

October 11, 2016

On October 4, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, presented his discussion paper entitled Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy to the members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). This paper is designed to open a dialogue on the subject of poverty reduction in Canada and provides context and background information on this important issue.

Early sharing of this document allows time for consideration and review by interested individuals and organizations in advance of the broader consultation activities planned for 2017. Further details on this consultation will follow. Questions on this process can be sent to povertyreduction at canada.gc.ca.

A technical backgrounder on poverty in Canada will be posted on this page in the coming weeks. A copy can be obtained immediately by contacting povertyreduction at canada.gc.ca.

As part of the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Government of Canada will be launching the Tackling Poverty Together Project in 2017. This project will include case studies in six communities to provide a regional perspective as well as a broader understanding of poverty in communities across the country. This will enable the Government to hear directly from Canadians living in poverty and learn from organizations that deliver poverty reduction programs.

SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada